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First ‘Shazam!’ Trailer Lights up SDCC

One word for this trailer, SHAZAM!

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“Shazam!” dropped its first trailer at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, giving fans a first-look at one of DC’s more family-friendly superhero installments.

The film was directed by David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) and comes from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures. This installment will be an origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero. Levi is starring in the film with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.

The tagline for the film is “We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out,” and SDCC attendees were the first to see the magic in action. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them. The story follows Shazam as he sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) as the Wizard.

The film will still be set within the DC Universe but this installment is a little more family friendly. The screenplay was written by Henry Gayden, and the story comes from Gayden and Darren Lemke. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia serve as executive producers. Sandberg’s creative team includes his “Annabelle: Creation” director of photography Maxime Alexandre, production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller and costume designer Leah Butler.

“Shazam!” is set for release on April 5, 2019.

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